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Shore Excursions

The opportunity to experience each destination in the most authentic, in-depth, and meaningful way is the very essence of luxury cruising with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Aboard our luxury vessel, you can choose from a wide array of shore excursions by land and sea that let you discover the dramatic beauty, rich history, and unique culture of your destination up close, in a small group.

To review your options, use the search function below, or view the individual itinerary of your choice through the “Plan Your Trip” online tool.

Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions

Please note that not all shore excursions are available on all sailings. Descriptions and pricing may vary.  Shore excursions will not be available for pre-booking until 60 days prior to sailing (with the exception of the Romantic Escapades excursions) and can be added to your booking via the "Manage your trip" online tool.  If you have questions please contact our Reservation Department at 1 (800) 848-6172 for assistance.

Once onboard, please refer to the tour descriptions for full details or consult with the Travel Concierge Team for further information.

Colo-i-Suva Trek Tour & Waterfall
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$79

Located 20 minutes from the city, Colo-i-Suva is a national park that boasts a crystal-clear river set in serene and peaceful surroundings amidst a spectacular rainforest making this a perfect spot for a moderate trek followed by a cool dip in the waterfall. The weather is much cooler than Suva City with temperatures falling to as low as ten degrees at altitudes of 120-180 meters accompanied by frequent rainfalls. The air is clean and crisp with only the calls of local birdlife penetrating the atmosphere.

Please note: Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, sunscreen and bottled water. At the end of the tour, optional shopping is available in Suva town before returning to the pier.

Excursion Code:
SUV-18
Coral Garden Drift Snorkeling
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$119

Depart the ship by covered motorized boat for a 15-minute ride along the west coast of Taha'a. Upon arrival, you will disembark the boat for a guided walk across an uninhabited islet, or motu, located just off the coast. After reaching the other side of the motu, you will commence your snorkeling session. Your guide will lead you as the current carries you through the shallow lagoon on the way back to the boat. The drift can be moderate to strenuous depending on the strength of the current. The drift is done in a single line with one snorkeling guide leading the 12 snorkelers spaced 10 feet apart and one snorkeling guide closing up on the group This area abounds with a spectacular variety of tropical fish and amazing coral. Upon returning to the boat, refreshments and additional snorkeling time will be made available before you are transferred back to Motu Mahana.

Please note: This tour is only recommended for experienced snorkelers that are extremely comfortable in the water. Novice/beginner snorkelers are strongly encouraged to snorkel on the Motu. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with reef shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring snorkeling equipment and a towel from the ship.

Excursion Code:
TAM-6883
Craft Villages of Lombok
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$69

Visit two of the island's renowned craft villages and try your hand at creating a traditional Lombok cultural treasure on this delightful excursion. At Sesela, watch villagers practicing ketak and cukli woodcarving before fashioning an island keepsake of your own. A native shrub, ketak was once used primarily for elegant household wares ranging from rice baskets to fish traps. Ornamental cukli carvings are often decorated with seashells.

Then, continue to Banyumulek, the pottery village. You'll take a cidomo (traditional horse cart) ride around the village to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. Produced from local red clay, this pottery has long been esteemed by connoisseurs for its color, elegant shapes, and embossed decoration. View the potting practice-and then get your hands dirty as you try it yourself, working the local clay in a manner unchanged for centuries.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.

Excursion Code:
LMB-013
Cultural Highlights of Huahine
Duration:
3 Hours
Cost:
$89

Explore one of the most picturesque and geographically diverse of the Society Islands during this scenic tour of Huahine.

Depart the pier for a ride by coach to Fare, Huahine’s main village. Enjoy a leisurely guided stroll around the village, then visit a vanilla plantation, where you will observe the process of drying vanilla and learn different ways to cook with this ubiquitous spice.

Then, proceed to Maeva, one of Polynesia’s most important archaeological sites. Upon arrival, you will discover some well-preserved marae, or ancient Polynesian temples. You will also see fish traps that were built centuries ago and are still in use today. Your next visit will beto Faie, home of the famous blue-eyed eels that populate a stream running through the village. You will even watch as your guide feeds these enormous eels.

Your tour concludes with a stop at Huahine’s Belvedere Point for spectacular views and photo opportunities. Then, reboard your coach for the return ride to the pier.

Please note: If you wish to purchase vanilla during your tour, please bring U.S. dollars or French Pacific francs, as these are the only currencies that will be accepted.

Excursion Code:
HHN-2300
Cultural Village & Firewalking Show
Duration:
3.5 Hours
Cost:
$115

Legend has it that over 500 years ago the men of Beqa Island were given the gift of being able to walk on fire by an eel in exchange for its life. Today, the descendants of these warriors carry on the tradition, observing the same strict rules of tabu as the ancestors. Men are chosen as representatives from different villages. Ten days prior to the ceremony, they segregate themselves from females and are not allowed to eat coconut. The fire pit is dug out 12 to 15 feet in diameter and 3 to 4 feet deep. Large river stones are then collected and placed in the pit, filling it up. Six to eight hours before the ceremony a log fire is built over the top of the stones, heating them up. The Firewalkers are led to the arena accompanied by dances and chants. Leaves and vines are grazed across the stones to prepare the pit. The men then proceed to walk across the stones in a few different phases. Finally, a bundle of grass is thrown onto the pit and the group huddles in the center while chanting a song. Bands around the ankle of each participant, which are made of tree ferns that do not burn, are thrown into the pit. The pit is finally covered with earth, and days later, the ankle bands are recovered and ground up, mixed with water, and eaten by the Firewalkers.

A tender boat will transfer you from the ship to the beach on Beqa Island. From the beach landing area, you will walk approximately 20-25 minutes to the village along an uneven, rough dirt path. Upon your arrival in the village, you will be greeted and welcomed by the fearsome Fijian warriors in traditional costumes. Villagers serenade and escort you to the village green where a traditional kava ceremony will take place. You will then be seated in a covered area to watch the ceremony and the Meke, a special dance performed by the dancers normally only for their Paramount Chief. The highlight of the village visit is the Firewalking! After all the excitement, you will walk back to the beach for your transfer back to the ship.

Please note: CULTURAL REQUIREMENT: It is mandatory for guests to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts. No guest will be allowed on the tour without covered arms and legs. Not suitable for guests with mobility and walking difficulties.

Excursion Code:
BQA-001
Day at the Beach (Huahine)
Duration:
6 Hours
Cost:
$115

Located close to the village of Fare and an ancient archaeological site, the Maitai Lapita Village Hotel on the island of Huahine enjoys an exceptional location. Bask on the magnificent white-sand beach that borders the lagoon, or enjoy excellent snorkeling in the lagoon’s crystal-clear waters. Or enjoy ocean views from the restaurant, bar, and pool. Stretching from the beach inland, the property is arranged around a freshwater lake dotted with water lilies and surrounded by tropical plants with fragrant, multicolored native flowers. This site has contributed enormously to the heritage of French Polynesia, so don’t miss the hotel’s museum. And if you are here at sunset, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the islands of Raiatea, Taha’a, and Bora Bora.

Please note: This excursion includes access to the swimming pool, the beach, and the hotel museum; kayaking and snorkeling equipment; a two-course lunch (appetizer and entrée, or entrée and dessert); and a bottle of water and a drink per person (a glass of house wine, a local beer on tap, or a soft drink).

Excursion Code:
HHN-4
Denpasar Highlights
Duration:
4 Hours
Cost:
$39

Departing Benoa harbour, start your trip in Denpasar City, the current capital of Bali Province. Historically, it was the capital of the Badung Empire, controlling the southern region of Bali Island from the end of 18th century until conquered by the Dutch in 1906. Your first stop will be made at Bajra Sandhi, a monument to the Balinese People's Struggle. Named after Bajra, the bell used by all Hindu Priest when reading Weda (mantra) at the religious ceremonies. Next visit a Traditional local market, and continue to visit the Bali Museum, strategically located in the heart of town. Next, on the north side visit the glorious temple of Jagatnatha temple, a Hindu Kahyangan Temple.

Please note: This tour not accessible for wheelchair or guest with walking difficulties. Bring bottled water from the ship. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the tour.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. Cannot be prereserved, must be booked with the Travel Concierge onboard.

Excursion Code:
BOA-013
Dili Highlights
Duration:
7 Hours
Cost:
$79

Drive east of Dili towards the Statue of Jesus at Fatucama Point, past historical buildings, monuments and religious places, and enjoy free time at the local the art and craft market before returning to the ship.

Please note: This tour not accessible for wheelchair or guests with walking difficulties. Bring bottled water from the ship. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the tour.

Excursion Code:
DIL-019
Dili History Tour
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$85

East Timor is an island country situated towards the southeastern part of Asia. After, departing from the port, your first visit will be at Chega Exhibition. Here you can learn about the history of struggle for Independence. Continue to Santa Cruz Cemetery and Resistance Museum. The Timor-Leste Museum of the Resistance, opened its doors to the community ten years after the nation became officially independent in 2002. In it pieces of Timor-Leste war history are resistance documents preserved for future generations to remember the years of struggle against occupying forces. Next, visit Tais Market for shopping for souvenirs of East Timor including Tais cloth, carving sculptures, and bags made of cloth Tais. Then, drive back to port.

Please note: This tour not accessible for wheelchair or guests with walking difficulties. Bring bottled water from the ship. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the tour.

Excursion Code:
DIL-017
Discover Bali
Duration:
5 Hours
Cost:
$82

This day spent discovering the fascinating and vibrant culture of Bali begins with a picturesque drive to Tohpati Village for a demonstration of Batik cloth processing. Arriving at the village you'll have a unique opportunity to observe skilled artisans at work as they use the different methods of applying the colors and printing to the fabric. Along the way, a stop will be made at Batu Bulan Village, where you will have a chance to admire the most popular Indonesian dance, the Magical Barong Dance. It is a story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, so enjoy the myth and history being blended into one reality.

Continuing on, you'll travel to a Traditional Balinese House Compound. The house, consisting of 3 areas, each building has its own function and such compounds are rarely found in modern Balinese life. The Balinese home is often viewed as a living organism. Much like a human being, it has a head (the ancestral shrine), arms (the sleeping quarters and living room) and legs and feet (the kitchen and rice granaries.) This up-close look allows you a glimpse into conventional Balinese life. Your final tour stop is at the Bird Park. This amazing attraction is where you'll find the largest collection of Indonesian birds in the world, as well as many varieties from Africa and South America. Covering nearly 5 acres of botanical landscape, the Park provides sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species. Taking an innovative approach, the birds are showcased not only in their natural habitats and large walk-in aviaries, but also as free range throughout the Park. Adding to the Park's appeal is a remarkable display of tropical plants and trees which also serve to attract a significant butterfly population. Following your time at the Bird Park, you'll re-board your coach for the relaxing drive back to the pier in Benoa.

Please note: This tour not accessible for wheelchair or guest with walking difficulties. Bring bottled water from the ship. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the tour.

Tour is offered on the day of disembarkation only. Cannot be prereserved, must be booked with the Travel Concierge onboard.

Excursion Code:
BOA-011

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